- Townsville: February, July
4 years full-time
or part-time equivalent
English (Units 3/4,C)
Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4,C)
Cultivate a balance between academic theory and practical ability—valuable to employers both in psychology and business. Develop an in-depth understanding of how human psychology impacts business. Transfer your skills across industries or specialise in one area of expertise.
Study a curriculum designed by industry experts to ground your learning in contemporary research and real-world relevance. Take part in practical experiences through ground-breaking research and industry internships.
Prepare for an exciting and varied career. Graduates of JCU’s Bachelor of Business-Bachelor of Psychological Science are prepared for a competitive workforce.
Consult the handbook for majors available at each campus and a detailed overview of available subjects.
JCU Business-Psychological Science graduates combine the skills and knowledge of two disciplines to pursue rewarding careers across a range of industries.
You could find employment in counselling roles in business, community, or government organisations. Different subject choices could see you working in human resource management, professional development, market research, and more.
Bachelor of Business – Bachelor of Psychological Science
Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)
Professional accreditation status
This course is fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
Graduates of this course, who wish to become fully registered as psychologists, must complete an accredited fourth year course (e.g. GDipPsych or BPsychSc(Hons)) plus two years of supervised practice in the field; or an accredited masters degree (e.g. Master of Psychology (Clinical)) with one further year of supervised practice.
Division of Tropical Health and Medicine
Business, Law and Governance
English (Units 3/4,C) Recommended: Mathematical Methods
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1– Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.
Academic Requirements for Course Completion
96 credit points as per course structure
Course learning outcomes
JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.
On successful completion of the Bachelor of Business graduates will be able to:
On successful completion of the Bachelor of Psychological Science, graduates will be able to:
BU1002:03 Accounting for Decision Making
BU1003:03 Principles of Economics
BU1104:03 Introduction to Management Concepts and Application
BU1105:03 Business Communication
BU1112:03 Business Law
PY1101:03 Exploring Psychology: from Brain to Practice
PY1102:03 Exploring Psychology: from Perception to Reality
PY1103:03 Critical Thinking in Psychology: How to Think About Weird Things
PY1106:03 Communicating Psychology: Listening, Translating & Disseminating
PY2103:03 Introduction to Research Methods and Data Analysis
PY2107:03 Experimental Investigation and Analysis of Behaviour
BU2108:03 Marketing Matters
PY2111:03 Learning Processes, Behaviour and Performance
PY2112:03 Memory and Cognition
PY2101:03 Psychological Neuroscience
PY2106:03 Through the Looking Glass: Development Across the Lifespan
PY3101:03 Psychological Research Methods and Interpretation
PY3102:03 Social Psychology in Everyday Life
PY3103:03 Mining the Mind: Psychopathology
PY3107:03 Psychological Assessment in Action
PY3108:03 Personality Psychology: Decoding the Mysteries of Humans
Select 6 credit points of Creative Media, Arts and Social Sciences subjects (from the following prefixes: AN, AR, AY, CI, CU, CY, EL, FR, GR, HI, IA, IT, JA, JN, NM, PL, PY, SS, SY and WS) or BU and BX level 2 and BU and BX level 3 subjects
Select a Business major from Table A
Table A (BUSINESS MAJORS)
Type of major
Credit points in major
24 credit points
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
4 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
The accredited sequence in Psychology leads to provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia with the addition of a fourth year of accredited studies in psychology e.g. Graduate Diploma of Psychology or Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)
Maximum allowed Pass
Not permitted for Psychology subjects (subjects with the prefix SP or PY)
Supplementary exam for
A student who has failed the final subject towards the degree and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject, may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject
Students may apply for credit transfer for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.
60 credit points
Credit will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.
Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 20 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed this course.
BACHELOR OF BUSINESS – BACHELOR OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE
This is a joint degree
Inclusion of majors on
Majors will appear on the testamur
Exit with lesser award
Students who have completed 24 credit points of their course award requirements, and withdraw from or fail to meet the requirements for progression in the later years, may be eligible for the award of Diploma of Tertiary Studies.
Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed ALL appropriate subjects for the relevant degree, may be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Business or Bachelor of Psychological Science.
Honours is available in each discipline as additional 24 credit points of study [end-on]
A student admitted to the degree of Bachelor of Business – Bachelor of Psychological Science at this university may be invited by the College Dean to undertake the Honours degree in Psychology if that student has
Normally a minimum average grade of Credit is required in the pass degree subjects relevant to the field in which Honours is to be taken.
An ATAR is the score required for entry into most undergraduate courses. If you are not a Year 12 school leaver or do not have an ATAR, you can be assigned an equivalent score. Scores are calculated from previous study that you might have completed, either secondary, tertiary or vocational, or previous paid employment experience.
JCU offers pathway courses to help you move into a degree. Pathway courses provide you with an individualised study plan and specialised support as you transition to university.
Contact us to find out more.
Applicants with TAFE diplomas in Business, Business and Commerce Studies, Events, Hospitality, Human Resources Management, Management, and Travel and Tourism can apply for credit.
Note the course QTAC code for the location you've chosen. You'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.
ATAR score is indicative only. Entry scores will be finalised in the major offer round.
Bachelor of Business - Bachelor of Psychological Science
JCU provides me the opportunity to continue living and working in the tropics, while studying a joint degree that allowed me to follow both my professional and personal passions. I have been continually impressed by the lecturers and staff at the university and their support and encouragement.
Bachelor of Business - Bachelor of Psychological Science
The practical placement is the best part about the course as you can experience a career in the industry whilst being a student. You gain invaluable knowledge and a unique viewpoint into how these two rapidly growing sectors interact with each other and how particular factors will influence the workforce.
Head of Management, Governance and Tourism
This degree cultivates a balance between academic theory and practical ability, both valuable and sought after skills by employers in psychology and business. You will understand how human psychology impacts business, combined with knowledge in the practical elements required for managing a sustainable business.
Dr Kerry McBain
Having an understanding of human behaviour - what motivates people, how they perceive the world, and why they make the decisions they do - is invaluable knowledge in business. The joint degree gives students a solid grounding in both the principles of business and of human behaviour.